Elderflower Champagne

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Elderflower Champagne

Postby Type16 » Tue Jun 12, 2007 5:50 pm

'Tis the season to make alcohol. Make a nice science project for the kids.
Flowers+sugar=alcohol :D

Best drunk (and yes you can get that way if you really let it ferment) cold.

Fill a large mixing bowl with around 3 1/2 litres of boiling water.
Add 1 to 1 1/2 lbs sugar. Dislove.
Add zest of 3 leamons & their juice to the hot water.
Add 2 table spoons of white wine vinegar.
Let cool.
When cold, add a few bunches 2 - 5 of fully opened Elderflowers, picked in full sunlight. Don't wash them. Just shake the wildlife off them. (washing removes the pollen & wild yeasts).

Keep covered with a tea towl to keep flies out.

After a couple of days or so (depends on room temperature etc.), you will notice small bubbles forming indicating fermentation has started.

Strain through some muslin into PLASTIC lemonade bottles.

It is ready to drink when the plastic bottle is so hard it rings (max alcohol) or less rigid (if you like less alcohol). If on first try it does not have enough punch, just re-cap it and leave for a few more days.

Never use glass bottles -- unless you are wearing full plate harness near it :lol:

Enjoy.


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Postby sally » Tue Jun 12, 2007 6:19 pm

Or if you prefer a non alcoholic beverage, make a stock sugar syrup, add juice of a lemon, allow to cool then pour this over a basin full of fresh elderflowers. Steep over night, strain off and bottle (refrigerate as this isnt a sterile brew) dilute like squash to taste. Very quick, very yummy.

One nice use is to make elderflower sorbet to go with elderberry icecream for a posh dinner party (obvioulsy you have to be organised enough to make the syrups at the right time of year...)



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Postby Random Mumblings » Tue Jun 12, 2007 6:25 pm

sally wrote:Or if you prefer a non alcoholic beverage, make a stock sugar syrup, add juice of a lemon, allow to cool then pour this over a basin full of fresh elderflowers. Steep over night, strain off and bottle (refrigerate as this isnt a sterile brew) dilute like squash to taste. Very quick, very yummy.

One nice use is to make elderflower sorbet to go with elderberry icecream for a posh dinner party (obvioulsy you have to be organised enough to make the syrups at the right time of year...)


Oh yummm, fresh elderflower cordial.



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Postby Cat » Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:20 am

Morwellham summer cup
1) Check that the flowers haven't been pesticided
2)Rehome bugs living in flowers
3) Pour nice mug of white wine
4)dunk 1 sprig elderflowers and 1 scented rose blossom
5) leave 10 mins
6)drink, using the herbage as scenty swizzle sticks
7)slurp wine off herbage, and eat (as an encore)


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